Informal care and health care use of older adults.

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Journal Article

Informal care by adult children is a common form of long-term care for older adults and can reduce medical expenditures if it substitutes for formal care. We address how informal care by all children affects formal care, which is critically important given demographic trends and the many policies proposed to promote informal care. We examine the 1998 Health and Retirement Survey (HRS) and 1995 Asset and Health Dynamics Among the Oldest-Old Panel Survey (AHEAD) using two-part utilization models. Instrumental variables (IV) estimation controls for the simultaneity of informal and formal care. Informal care reduces home health care use and delays nursing home entry.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Van Houtven, CH; Norton, EC

Published Date

  • November 2004

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 23 / 6

Start / End Page

  • 1159 - 1180

PubMed ID

  • 15556241

Pubmed Central ID

  • 15556241

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0167-6296

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.jhealeco.2004.04.008

Language

  • eng

Conference Location

  • Netherlands